May 11, 2022, 6:09 PM; Updated: May 11, 2022, 7:58 PM
A bill to set up a new biomedical innovation hub as an independent HHS agency advanced Wednesday in a House health panel amid an ongoing debate over where the entity should sit.
Lawmakers approved the measure (H.R. 5585) by a voice vote during the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health’s markup. The bill would authorize the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health, or ARPA-H, which aims to deliver medical breakthroughs in the same way that existing federal programs helped pave the way for the internet and GPS.